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UM achieves Top 150 in all five (5) Broad Subject Areas; Engineering & Technology ranked 65th and Social Sciences & Management ranked 77th. UM leads all Malaysian universities with 32 subjects ranked 1st.

In the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Universiti Malaya (UM) recorded a solid performance amongst the world’s leading universities by achieving top 150 out of 1597 ranked institutions in all 5 broad subject areas. UM recorded the following achievements: Engineering & Technology (65th), and Social Sciences & Management (77th) in the Top 100. Arts & Humanities (109th), Natural Sciences (150th) and Life Sciences & Medicine (148th) are placed within the 101 – 150 band. With 32 subjects ranked 1st,, UM leads all Malaysian universities ranked in QS-WUR 2023 by Subject.

Of the 36 individual subjects ranked by QS, 15 subjects are ranked in the world Top 100 this year, a decrease in 2 subjects over last year’s performance. Of these, two (2) of UM’s academic disciplines are ranked within the Top 50.  These include Library and Information Science (27th), Theology, and Divinity & Religious Studies (43rd). Subjects that made the most improvement are Chemistry (ranked 104th, up 33 places), Medicine (128th, up 16 places) and English Language & Literature (52nd, up 8 places).

Overall, the following thirteen (13) academic disciplines are ranked within the Top 51 - 100: Electrical & Electronic Engineering (61), Education (67), English Language & Literature (52), Engineering – Chemical (65), Accounting & Finance (74), Modern Languages (79), Business & Management Studies (90), Computer Science & Information Systems (80), and Environmental Sciences (86). In addition, Engineering - Civil & Structural, Geography, Development Studies, and Social Policy & Administration are placed in the 51 – 100 band. Of the subjects considered, 14% improved their positions, 44% remained in the same rank, while 42% declined in the 2023 subject rankings.

In terms of the indicators used in the rankings, Engineering - Electrical & Electronic has the distinction of earning the highest scores among Malaysian universities for Citations per Paper (100%) and H-Index (94.0%). In addition, UM’s best performance in terms of Academic Reputation was in Modern Languages (75.7%). Communication & Media Studies scored highest (78.8%) in UM for Employer Reputation. UM’s highest scores in the newly introduced International Research Network indicator were achieved by Computer Science & Information Systems (88.9%), followed by Chemistry (88.6%).

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, is satisfied with the performance shown by UM considering the uncertainties introduced by changes in QS’s methodology and the inclusion of the International Research Network indicator for the first time in the ranking of individual subjects. He expressed confidence that UM will improve over time by consistent implementation of the Universiti Malaya Strategic Plan 2021-2025. “Adherence to the five pillars of the Strategic Plan, i.e., Income Generation, Teaching & Learning, Research & Innovation, Talent, and Entrepreneurship will lead UM to be a self-sustaining and dynamic university which will enable us to continue producing leaders, imparting knowledge, and providing solutions that will impact the nation.”

The Vice-Chancellor expresses his gratitude to the Chancellor of UM, Pro-Chancellors, and Board of Directors for their strong support.  He appreciates the support from the Ministry of Higher Education that made this achievement possible.

“I am pleased that the warga Universiti Malaya continue to place Malaysia on the global stage through our dedication, commitment, and hard work towards serving the nation and impacting the world.”

Last Update: Mar 24, 2023